Growing together!

When we bought our new house, we walked around the backyard talking about where we would put our garden and we found the perfect spot, right in the sun and against our white picket fence.

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We could have probably planned a little more real-estate for said garden but it’s doing just fine for the zucchini, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes and herbs that we planted. We had also planted spinach since I go through about a pound a week but a rabbit dug it up and stole it. The whole plant. Gone.

It’s been so fun to come home in the afternoons (especially after a big rain) and see how much everything has grown. And secretly hoping that my tomatoes have ripened. There’s nothing better than a tomato straight from the garden.

This week, our squash and zucchini have grown tremendously and I was finally able to pick some.

And we were able to pick our first blackberry (actually we got the 2nd one, a bird stole the first one).

We’re not trying to live off the land or anything but we do enjoy having fresh veggies and fruit when we want; and I use our herbs almost every day for our meals, er, my meals since my husband is traveling and will see these photos at the same time as the rest of the world (and I will have devoured the squash and zucchini by the time he gets home).

A few more days before our tomatoes are ready, maybe even early next week. Several are about the size of my fist, and we have about 15 more that are growing by the day. I’m just so excited to have this many already growing – we didn’t have much luck at our old place, maybe getting 5 tomatoes all season.

And ta-da, our very first zucchini (first one I’ve ever grown!). The last picture is to give my husband an idea of the size.

I remember my grandfather building a garden plot for us when I was younger but contrary to the image growing up on a farm provides, I really have never been much of a “dig in the dirt” kind of girl. Now? I love it. We are already planning next year’s garden, but so very excited to enjoy this one THIS year.

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The great closet clean-out!

LAST CALL!!! Cleaning out my closet! Lots of brand new items, even more barely worn items!

**Happy shopping!**

Lilly Pulitzer Danna dress | size Small | $65
Lilly Pulitzer Danna dress | size Small | $70  $60
Anthropologie Greylin Melusine Dress | Medium | worn once | $50
Anthropologie Greylin Melusine Dress | Medium | worn once | $50
Banana Republic Khaki Skirt | size 2 | $10
Banana Republic Khaki Skirt | size 2 | $10
Banana Republic Skirt | size 2 | $15
Banana Republic Skirt | size 2 | $15 – PENDING
Victoria's Secret bra top dress | SMALL | Worn once | $18
Victoria’s Secret bra top dress | SMALL | Worn once | $10
Fabletics workout capris | small | $25 for both
Fabletics workout capris | small | $25 for both
J Crew button up | pink | XS | $15
J Crew button up | pink | XS | $15
J Crew floral skirt | size 2 | $15
NEW J Crew floral skirt | size 2 | $15
J Crew | size 0 | Periwinkle | EUC | $15
J Crew | size 0 | Periwinkle | EUC | $15

 

Banana Republic Angora Sweater | Small | $15
Banana Republic Angora Sweater | Small | $15
Ugg quilted boots (soles look brand new) | size 5 | $70
Ugg quilted boots (soles look brand new) | size 5 | $70
LOFT shorts | size 2 with 4" inseam | $25 both
LOFT shorts | size 2 with 4″ inseam | $25 both
Lilly Pulitzer Ross Dress in Ring the Bell Boy Resort White | size 6 | worn twice | $75 (retails for $198)
Lilly Pulitzer Ross Dress in Ring the Bell Boy Resort White | size 6 | worn twice | $75 (retails for $198)
Banana Republic Short Sleeve Sweater | Petite Small | $10
Banana Republic Short Sleeve Sweater | Petite Small | $10

 

NEW Victoria's Secret | Hot pink stripes | Small | Liner still in place | $12
NEW Victoria’s Secret | Hot pink stripes | Small | Liner still in place | $12
Old Navy - Small - $12 (worn once on honeymoon)
Old Navy – Small – $10
Lilly Pulitzer - 8 *ALTERED for approx. size 4* Measurements: Armpit to Armpit: 17", under bust 15", waist 15", length 34" - $60
Lilly Pulitzer – size 8 *ALTERED for approx. size 4* Measurements: Armpit to Armpit: 17″, under bust 15″, waist 15″, length 34″ – $60

 

Banana Republic - Size 0 - NWT - $20 (paid 45)
Banana Republic – Size 0 – NWT – $15 (paid 45)
Banana Republic (not Factory) | 4P | $30
Banana Republic (not Factory) | 4P | $25 $20
Anthropologie - Burlapp | Small | Polyester Blend
Anthropologie – Burlapp | Small | Polyester Blend | $35  $20
Banana Republic | size 2 | Silk/Polyester - $20
Banana Republic | size 2 | Silk/Polyester – $15
J Crew | size 2 | Silk Taffeta Blakely from Wedding Collection
J Crew | size 2 | Silk Taffeta | $60
Blakely from Wedding Collection
Lilly Pulitzer | size 4 | 100% Cotton | $50
Lilly Pulitzer | size 4 | 100% Cotton | $40
Banana Republic | Summer pants | size 2 | Martin Fit | $15
Banana Republic | Summer pants | size 2 | Martin Fit | $15
Blue/Black striped maxi | Smal | $12
Blue/Black striped maxi | Smal | $12
LOFT grey skirt with pockets | 0 | $10
LOFT grey skirt with pockets | 0 | $10
LOFT NWT Wool pants | grey plaid | Size 2 | $15
LOFT NWT Wool pants | grey plaid | Size 2 | $15
Leopard Print Shoes | size 6 | NWT | $12
Leopard Print Shoes | size 6 | NWT | $12
LOFT Wrap Dress | size 2 | $15
LOFT Wrap Dress | size 2 | $15
J Crew Embossed Strapless dress | Size 2 | $20
J Crew Embossed Strapless dress | Size 2 | $15

All items come from smoke free home. Items are also listed for sale on other sites and will be removed if sold. Nothing like new dresses at discount prices! Happy Shopping!

My Best Friend’s Wedding(s)

This is definitely the year of weddings for us. We have been invited to 7 and have already attended 3. At this point, I would consider us professional wedding guests/party members.

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Two of the three weddings this year were for my best friends from high school. I’m lucky to be able to still call these girls friends and that we have maintained our friendship over the years. Amy had a blissful beach wedding in Ocean Isle and Brittney had a rustic chic farm wedding just outside of Blacksburg, VA. Both of them were stunning and amazing and absolutely perfect.

Amy’s gorgeous beach details were simple yet classy. I love the DIY touches of painted wood and chalkboards everywhere. She even had a signature cocktail served during the cocktail hour. My favorite part was her lace dress. It was absolutely exquisite and was clearly made for her.

I couldn’t be happier for Clay and Amy as they sealed the deal 10 years after meeting. Their day was truly a decade in the making and absolutely perfect.

Brittney’s wedding was also perfect, but the complete opposite of the beachy setting Amy had. Brittney got married at Sinkland Farms in Virginia. Hilariously enough, we used to go to parties there when we were in high school. There are several spots at the farm to get married, and Brittney chose up on the hill with the mountains in the background.

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We each picked our own style of dress from J Crew’s silk chiffon collection in ‘Bright Coral.’

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The flower girl was Brittney’s 22-month old daughter who is just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

The barn is already so well decorated, it’s an easy choice for the reception. My favorite piece is the mason jar chandelier! Brittney used coral roses and sparkly white table cloths on the tables, and whisky barrels outside also held mason jars full of roses.

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A local country band performed at the reception and guests danced the night away. I must say, early summer weddings have had perfect weather. These two couldn’t have asked for a better day to say their vows outside.

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And to top off the evening, my Hokie-loving husband and I snagged a picture with non-other than Frank Beamer. Such a special evening for special friends.

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So happy for both of my sweet friends and grateful to have been a part of their celebrations. From 15 to forever!